Adam McGurk and Adam Barton: Their careers at a glance

Adam McGurk, left, training with his new team-mates yesterday Picture: Colin Farmery
Adam McGurk, left, training with his new team-mates yesterday Picture: Colin Farmery
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Adam McGurk and Adam Barton became Pompey manager Paul Cook’s latest additions yesterday - but just who are the Blues’ newest signings?

The News sports desk has taken a glance at their careers to date to see their separate journeys to Fratton Park.

Adam Barton, third from right, training with Pompey on their return to training yesterday Picture: Colin Farmery

Adam Barton, third from right, training with Pompey on their return to training yesterday Picture: Colin Farmery

Adam McGurk

Age: 26

Position: Striker

Born: Larne, Northern Ireland

Career stats: Signed by Aston Villa from home town club Larne Youth in 2004 as a 15-year-old but is released in 2010 without breaking into Villa’s first team.

During that time, though, the Northern Ireland under-16 and 17 international made his under-21 debut against Portugal.

After seeing his Villa career - which was interupted by a series knee injury - come to an end, McGurk decided to quit the game.

However, the Ulsterman was convinced to return by his family.

‘It was my famly who got me back into said,’ said McGurk in an interview with the BBC in 2013.

‘I didn’t really have any interest myself being honest. But I didn’t want to disappoint them.

‘I didn’t really know what to do. I was in a bad place at the time.’

Joined Southern Football League premier division side Hednesford Town in March 2010 but returned to the professional ranks that summer with Tranmere Rovers.

The Northern Irish striker spent three seasons at Penton Park, making 89 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

During time at Rovers, he suffered a collapsed lung, which ruled him out for six weeks during the 2012-13 season.

He was also called up to the senior Northern Ireland squad for a friendly in Malta but failed to make his debut.

After being released by Tranmere in the summer of 2013, he signed a two-year-deal with Burton Albion.

During his time with the Brewers, the front man scored 19 goals in 83 appearances - including netting against Pompey in a 2-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium in September 2014.

During Albion’s League Two-winning season, McGurk made 41 appearances and scored seven goals.

In June 2015, he became Pompey boss Paul Cook’s fifth summer signing after penning a two-year deal.

Adam Barton

Age: 24

Born: Blackburn, Lancashire

Position: Midfielder

Career stats: Was released by home-town club Blackburn Rovers as a 16-year-old because of a back injury.

He was picked up by Preston North End and his performances at youth and reserve team level saw him earn a two-and-a-half-year contract at Deepdale in December 2008.

Made his Preston debut in April 2010 in a 3-2 win over Scunthorpe, after making two appearances on loan at non-league Crawley Town.

The following season, Barton established himself in the first team and made 35 appearances, scoring once.

He was also called up to the Northern Ireland squad for their 1-1 friendly draw with Morocco in Belfast (November 2010), playing the entire 90 minutes.

The midfielder qualified for the Irish through his parents but initially turned down the chance to play for Nigel Worthington’s side in two Euro 2012 qualifiers in order to remain eligible for England.

His international career, however, took another twist when he played for the Repbulic of Ireland under-21s in a friendly against Portugal (March 2011) - again playing the full 90 minutes.

In the 2011-12 season, £1m-rated Barton’s stock rose at Deepdale, with Stoke, Wolves and Blackburn Rovers among his list of admirers.

But his season was cut short in February 2012 after he suffered a leg break and a dislocated ankle in a League One 0-0 draw against Walsall.

In August 2012 the midfielder signed for Coventry and went on to make 26 apearances for the Sky Blues that season, scoring three goals.

In total, played 73 times for Coventry but was loaned out to Fleetwood at the tail end of the 2013-14 season without making an appearance.

Barton was one of eight players released by Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray at the end of last season but was quickly snapped up by Pompey boss Paul Cook yesterday.